Introduction to the Swedish Virtual Fika

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We are now a society at a distance, and we are all going through very difficult times.

While the government and media strongly advice to stay at home, many of us struggle with loneliness and anxiety. 

Humans are innately social and tend to reach out to touch or be close to others when feeling unwell or afraid.

But, being isolated from each other doesn’t mean staying socially disconnected.

On the contrary, it’s more crucial than ever to stay connected with each other during this unprecedented time. But the Swedish people have a great solution: 

staying connected during COVID-19

Nonetheless, we are too busy with our work, studies, successes, and failures, as well as our future concerns that we almost forget what really matters to us now. 

We forget to stay connected. 

Especially at this time when we need each other’s support more than ever.

My advice to stay connected while socially distancing is to have a “Swedish Virtual Fika” per day.

But, wait a minute, is that a pill?

What is Fika?

girl taking fika

Fika is a phenomenal Swedish word which basically means “coffee break”

But, it’s more than that. 

Fika is a moment when you slow down your life. 

A moment when you sit down and appreciate the good things of your life while taking a sip from your cup of coffee. 

This precious moment becomes even more enjoyable when you have your sweet bun on the side (preferably a cinnamon bun) and a good company. 

a man having fika

Swedish people make sure they have at least one Fika break during the day.

No matter how hectic their day gets, it’s important to slow down and spare time for themselves, and to their loved ones.

buddhist monk having tea

Swedish people are not the only ones to have pointed out the importance of having a coffee/tea break during the day.

Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh, who is known as the world’s calmest man, also takes a full hour to drink a cup of tea with other monks every day.

He explains

“At that moment you are real, and the cup of tea is real. You are not lost in the past, in the future, in your projects, in your worries. You are free from all these afflictions. And in that state of being free, you enjoy your tea. That is the moment of happiness, and of peace”

One US psychologist rightly noted rather than talking about social distancing, we should be practicing distant socializing.

So, let yourself to have a coffee break and align yourself to the present. 

Make yourself a cup of coffee, have your favorite biscuit,

Call your friend, your mom, your lover and ask:

“Let’s have a virtual Swedish Fika”

Because why not?

We are all in this together.

video chat

All great, but not familiar with the digital world?
No worries, here I find a very nice article that explains the best video chat apps all free.

Find the most suitable app for you, and enjoy your “Virtual Fika” with your loved ones.

Aslı Erdogan